February 14, 2018, 10AM EST
This is a hearing on “Examining the Government’s Management of Native American Schools.”
By American Council on Education (ACE) and 18 organizations including NASPA, February 5, 2018
The letter urges congressional leaders to keep the government open through adopting legislation providing permanent legal status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) registrants and young undocumented individuals.
By Alexa Wesley, Research and Policy Associate, February 8, 2018
College students can face a combination of logistical, financial, and psychological stressors that can potentially drive them off-track and lead them to make decisions that may not be in their best long-term interests. Students struggling to adjust to college and feeling like they “just don’t fit in” may stand to benefit most from being nudged into co-curricular engagement activities across campus or student support services, such as career counseling or advising. In this post, NASPA Research and Policy Associate Alexa Wesley discusses how, through intentional delivery and framing of information, student affairs professionals can promote the uptake and effectiveness of programs that will help students manage their competing priorities, build meaningful social connections, and improve overall health and wellbeing. This blog is the first in a series of posts that will discuss various applications of behavioral science in the context of higher education and student affairs.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, February 7, 2018
A month after the PROSPER Act made its way out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, higher education associations have issued criticisms of the legislation and have informed member institutions of anticipated negative impacts. Over the last few weeks, major lobby groups have analyzed the bill, the implications made of which has prompted associations to respond. Peter McPherson, president and CEO of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities wrote, ““If the bill is brought to the House floor without significant changes, APLU would oppose the legislation as it would sharply increase the costs of higher education for students and make students and taxpayers more vulnerable to predatory actors and poor performing institutions and programs.” Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education commented, ““It would be expected that people will begin to assess its impact after they’ve had a chance to look at it. So what you’ve got now are associations talking to their members. You’ve got individual institutions going over the bill with a fine-tooth comb.” Conversely, Preston Cooper of the American Enterprise Institute, argued that the bill did provide some benefits to students, such as a proposed $300 Pell Grant bonus for full-time students who make progress toward a degree and a new payment cap on student loans in income-based repayment. Senator Lamar Alexander has announced the Senate plans on marking up Higher Education Act reauthorization legislation in April. Analysts believe the quick pace in advancing a proposal, even if it doesn’t pass in 2018 could create a marker for the next Congress even if Democrats are in control.
By Scott Jaschik, February 7, 2018
While many students remain wary of certain liberal arts majors with reputations of poor career prospects, a study released by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences challenges the bad reputation of pursuing a degree in humanities. The study shows that while graduates in STEM fields make more money, humanities grads are just as satisfied in their careers as those who majored in STEM. The median salary for those in humanities was $52,000 in 2015, as opposed for those of all graduates at $60,000; however, pay gaps narrow over time. Humanities majors are also employed, with less than 3 percent facing unemployment for those in a humanities field with an advanced degree in any field. One area in which humanities majors seem to suffer is on securing a job that has a relationship to their degree, with over a third stating there was no relationship.
By Lois Elfman, February 11, 2018
A recent survey by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) finds that equity is now a growing factor for measuring student learning in higher education. The nationwide survey includes responses from provosts of 811 regionally accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions across the United States. One major finding is that learning statements created by institutions tend to include an emphasis on equity and an evolution to institutional thinking to more thoughtfully examine how a college or university can best support faculty and staff.
By Ed O’Keefe, February 11, 2018
The Senate is set to open a debate on immigration Monday evening which may include an outcome offering a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented individuals. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) stated, “It’s a real debate on an issue where we really don’t know what the outcome is going to be.” Further, with the House set on passing its own legislation, even if the Senate were to successfully pass a bill, it’s unclear how the bill would move forward. Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) said last week that the House “will bring a solution to the floor, one the president will sign.” President Trump seems unwilling to support less stringent than the four part plan he proposed last month. Democrats are expected to introduce a new version of the Dream Act. “Every ounce of energy this week is going to be spent on crafting a bill that protects dreamers and can get 60 votes,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “It’s a hard needle to thread, but we are making progress.”
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 18 bills across 9 states. TN HB 2620, assigned to the Subcommittee on Civil Justice on 02/07/2018, expands the attorney general and reporter's duties to include representation of a local education agency arising out of the adoption of a policy requiring students, faculty, and staff to utilize the restroom, locker room, or other facility that corresponds to that individual's biological sex. KY HB 326, referred to the House Education Committee on 02/09/2018, requires that any multiple occupancy restroom or changing facility be designated for the exclusive use of a single sex and that “reasonable accommodation” to anyone unable to use multiple occupancy facilities. HI HB 2139, scheduled on 02/09/2018 to be heard by the Judiciary Committee on 02/13/2018, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity expression in any state education program or activity. SD HB 1296, scheduled for a hearing on 02/12/2018, would require each school board to establish a policy on the use of certain school district facilities by transgender persons.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA as observed movement on three bills in three states. MS HB 1508, which died in committee on 01/30/2018, and known as "The Mississippi First Higher Education Act"; works to remove those policies which support affirmative action, multiculturalism and sanctuary of undocumented immigrants. TN HB 271, which had sponsors added on 01/30/2018, prohibits state and local governmental entities and officials from adopting or enacting sanctuary policies and authorizes residents of Tennessee to submit complaints to the attorney general and reporter.
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team has seen movement on 14 bills across 11 states regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. TN HB 2582 which was assigned to the Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee on 02/07/2018 requires state institutions of higher education to classify students as in-state for tuition purposes, only if the students are Tennessee citizens. SD SB 103, scheduled for a hearing on 02/08/2018 prohibits individuals not lawfully in the United States from attending any public postsecondary educational institution or from receiving certain financial assistance. NJ S 699 reported from the Senate Committee after a second reading on 02/08/2018 allows certain students, including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 11 bills across 9 states. OK SB 1159, scheduled for a second reading and referred to Public Safety on 02/06/2018 would authorize handgun licensees to carry on certain school property. MO HB 1942, where a public hearing was completed on 02/07/2018, allows institutions of higher education to designate one or more faculty or staff members as campus protection officers.
-Primary Sponsor: Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE) (Introduced 2/5/2018)
-Committees: House - Judiciary
-Latest Action: 02/05/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
This bill is part of current Senate negotiations to push through immigration reform and provide a pathway to citizenship to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. This bill provides conditional permanent resident status for an alien meeting specified requirements, including having entered the United States when younger than 18 years old and residing in the United States since December 31, 2013. The bill also increases border security across the southern border region.
-A Notice by the Education Department on 02/09/2018
-Comment period ends on 03/12/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Summary: "The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) is seeking a renewed three-year clearance for the College Affordability and Transparency Explanation Form (CATEF) data collection. OPE has collected this information since 2011-12 and the collection of information through CATEF is required by § 132 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended (HEA), 20 U.S.C. 1015a with the goal of increasing the transparency of college tuition prices for consumers. This submission is for the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 collection years. CATEF collects follow-up information from institutions that appear on the tuition and fees and/or net price increase College Affordability and Transparency Center (CATC) Lists for being in the five percent of institutions in their institutional sector that have the highest increases, expressed as a percentage change, over the three-year time period for which the most recent data are available. The information collected through CATEF is used to write a summary report for Congress which is also posted on the CATC website (accessible through the College Navigator)."
-A Notice by the Education Department on 02/09/2018
-Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education
Summary: "The second round of data collection for the Implementation of Title I/II-A Program Initiatives study will continue to examine the implementation of policies promoted through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at the state and district levels, in four core areas: School accountability and support for low-performing schools, improving teacher and leader effectiveness, state content standards, and assessments. The first round of data collection for this study was conducted in Spring and Summer 2014.
The purpose of this follow-up data collection is to provide policy makers with detailed information on the core policies promoted by Title I and Title II-A being implemented at the state and district levels, and the resources and supports they provide to schools and teachers. The timing of the data collection is critical to provide early information on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the 2017-18 school year."
-A Notice by the Education Department on 02/09/2018
-Comment period ends on 04/10/2018
-Office of Management (OM), U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Summary: "The collection is necessary under 5 U.S.C. Section 552a(b) to collect information from individuals requesting information under the Privacy Act (PA). The Department will use the information to provide documents that are responsive to a Privacy Act or FOIA/Privacy Act request under the Freedom of Information Act."
-A Notice by the Education Department on 02/12/2018
-Office of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education (ED)
Summary: "As part of a broader effort to reduce barriers for applicants seeking funds under a Department of Education (Department) discretionary grant competition, the Department is issuing a common set of instructions for applicants. It will be referenced in individual notices inviting applications (NIAs). The common instructions will ensure consistency, reduce burden on Department staff, and improve the Department's ability to provide potential applicants with timely information about Department programs and competitions."
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